Saudi Arabia have admitted that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered, but claim it was a “tremendous mistake”. This statement was made by Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir to US news stations Fox.
The killing was described as a “rogue operation”, giving another new account of what happened after the journalist, and Saudi critic, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2nd October.
The Saudis initially said he had left the consulate on the 2nd October, but then on Friday 19th, they admitted for the first time that he was dead, killed in a fight. This was met with scepticism by the public and many news outlets.
Al-Jubeir described the murder:
“We are determined to find out all the facts and we are determined to punish those who are responsible for this murder.
“The individuals who did this did this outside the scope of their authority. There obviously was a tremendous mistake made, and what compounded the mistake was the attempt to try to cover up.
“Even the senior leadership of our intelligence service was not aware of this.”
He also said that he did not know the whereabouts of the body, which is yet to be found, and insisted that the order had not come from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.